By Clif Mason In the cemetery of night, +++++++++++++++++++++++++++the weeping spreads ++++++++++++++++briars ++and brambles. What does an assault weapon bullet +++++++++++++++++++++++++++do to a child’s body? ++++++++++++++++What must we give up to count ++++++++++the entry wounds? ++++Earth holds their bodies. She will treat them ++++++++++++++++with the kindness ++++++++++++++++++++++++she offers all of the dead, ++++the kindness that … More FUGUE FOR THE SANDY HOOK DEAD 

Stolen Sonnet

By David Baker golden shovel after Gwendolyn Brooks   Burn this bitch down he ++++++++++++++++++said to us because hands up one said don’t ++++++++++++++++++shootmore said but the— all of us walking ++++++++++++++++++strong poor not-poor— she said black loud we’re ++++++++++++++++++not detainable were— our loud sanity ++++++++++++++++++freezing sweaty— riot is the language ++++++++++++++++++of the unheard and— … More Stolen Sonnet

Response to Yusuf Komunyakaa’s “Shotguns”

By Sujata Iyengar I: The Litany Teens and Children Killed by Gun Violence in Georgia, Jan 1 to March 16, 2018 (from Gunviolencearchive.org) Jashun Ingram, 17 months old Nacari Newson, 15 years old Ga’Quavious Williams, 17 years old Montaego Maxwell Jr, 18 years old Jalen Camron, 17 years old John Cooksey Jr, 12 years old … More Response to Yusuf Komunyakaa’s “Shotguns”

Student Handbook

By Sara Burnett   A is for alligator and AR-15. B is for backpack, bumpstock, bolt— what you lock or run from. C is for closet, where the teacher tells you to hide. D is for duck. E is for everybody hold hands as we exit the building. F is for four or five friends … More Student Handbook

The Cost

By Cameron Jury Based on Parkland, Sandy Hook, and Columbine “Hello, I am looking to buy a gun. Can you help me?” “Of course! I can start by telling you About our top sellers. Our crowd favorite is the AR-15; Known for its easy rapid re-fire, Holds a 20 round magazine, And is customizable. Its … More The Cost

This Second

By Claire Neubert school bus: Prison Detail on the front Two Kroger water jugs sloshing over potholes Tattooed skin against pink trees and still air-switching the sign from drive slow to stop: safety first.   One lane road and the smell of burning leaves and a fading fall. Frogs croak-cicada whirls, vultures move out of … More This Second


By Clayre Benzadon May bells, may bells continue chiming Mary’s tears— nursery myrtle used to crown heroes. Today, lemon- grass summer pools deceive more than usual. Nursery chimes sound like firehammers, when they work. They can blow a skull, bash a fragment of gunmetal, steel a teacher—a teacher always has their students’ backs. That’s how … More Parkland